Scientists conducting some research in Antarctica discovered mysterious creatures that had never been seen before in the depths of the ice sheet. Researchers had to drill half a millimeter of ice to examine these mysterious creatures lurking beneath the Antarctic shelf.
Antarctica witnesses new discoveries
Investigating a half-mile-thick mass of ice found in Antarctica’s Filchner-Ronne Ice Shelf, researchers came across strange creatures passing through a rock just below the ice floe. Using GoPro, a team of polar scientists from the British Antarctic Survey, who studied rock at a depth of more than 4000 feet, imaged creatures with stems resembling alien antennae on their heads.
“This discovery is one of the glorious events that pushes ideas in a different direction and shows us that Antarctic marine life is incredibly special,” said Huw Griffits, the lead author of the British Antarctic Survey, in a press release.
It’s not uncommon to find life at depth in the open ocean. But a reconnaissance made 160 miles inside, beneath the ice sheet, made that different. It was believed that only moving creatures occupied such a place under Antarctica. The reason for this was the lack of nutrients in the region. The discovery of 22 different creatures also shows us that there is a lot to learn.
Researchers suggest that such creatures in the open ocean could survive among hydrothermal vents and deep stones. In addition, there is a danger that such creatures will say goodbye to their habitats due to the risks brought about by climate change.
For now, scientists surveying just the size of a tennis court – 200 square meters – will need to scan more than 1.5 million square kilometers to study habitats.